Changing diaper, most of the time, poses struggles to both the parent and the baby. It’s a sort of transition that affects the mood of the baby. Most parents would agree that changing diaper in the morning is more struggling because babies are trying to resist. It’s their way of telling that they are tired or not yet ready. This may affect the mood of the baby throughout the day which may lead them to be upset.
Here are some tips you can use when you are trying to give your baby a change of diapers.
1. Give it time
The struggle in changing diaper especially in the morning can cause meltdown to babies. To avoid this, it makes sense to give your baby enough time until he realizes that his diaper is soaked. Setting a morning schedule for changing diaper and dressing can also help to make the process flexible. To make the process efficient, all the things needed should be prepared. If there’s a need to change diaper while the baby is playing, you should give him advanced notice; otherwise, interrupting his play may lead to resistance. Avoid changing the diaper without informing your baby.
2. Change locations
There are instances in which resistance to diaper change is associated to particular routines or places. This is maybe because they are distracted by toys, sounds, or lights in the room. Try changing diaper in a place that is less distracting so that your baby will cooperate.
3. Divert attention
You can also try creating positive distractions that can help in diverting the attention of your baby when changing diaper. Try a countdown while changing so that your baby would know when it would be over or compose a funny song related to changing diaper. You can also offer special toy to play with while changing.
Changing diaper can be considered as bonding time between a parent and a child as long as it is done in a positive and fun way. If your child sensed that you’re trying to rush to get over the task, most likely he won’t enjoy the process and start resisting. Show to your child that you’re enjoying the task so that he too will enjoy it. Be humorous and use positive language to convey a message that changing diaper is fun.
4. Encourage child to cooperate
Encourage your child not only to cooperate but also to participate in the process. This will let your child know that you’re there to help him and not to force him. Allowing your child to be in control is the best way to lead him towards being independent. With this, he would surely appreciate what you’re doing and show interest and cooperation. Another way to avoid struggle when changing diaper is to let your child know that something good is bound to happen right after changing the diaper. Tell him that you have a surprise for him, or he will have more time to play. Making your child understand this concept will make him cooperate.
5. Be Flexible, Talk Nicely
Before changing the diaper, you should ask your baby if he or she is ready for diaper change. Tell him that you’ll set the alarm and when it rings, then it’s time for diaper change. Don’t scold your child if he resists, rather talk and explain to him that it’s necessary to change diaper when it’s pee-soaked. Keep in mind that kids are sensitive to the way parents handle the situation. If your child can stand, allow him to stand while changing the diaper. Flexibility can prevent the possibility of resistance and melting down. If the baby is screaming, slow down rather than rushing. Let him make choices and hold or do things. Make changing diaper a shared task; it will encourage your child not only to cooperate but also to tell you when his diaper is soaked.
If your little ones are giving you trouble in changing the diaper, try considering those tips discussed above. Making the process smooth for the first time will mark a good impression to your child. That’s why the first time you change the diaper make sure that it won’t harm your baby. Consider proper timing of changing the diaper.